Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The gnomes of Fairyland may be little, but they have big, very big, personalities. HOUBLON CHOUFFE matches their impish spirits. All gnomes, with their innate good taste, are in full agreement about HOUBLON CHOUFFE, which is flavoured by three different types of hops. This India Pale Ale is appreciated for its pronounced bitterness combined with the fruity tones of traditional Achouffe beers: it softens the strongest of characters.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

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Ratings: 2,770 |  Reviews: 1,210
Photo of LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big white to off white head settles into a bisquity pillow in the middle of the glass above a pale washout golden honey colored beer that is peppered with sediment that seems to be suspended throughout the entire glass.

Aroma is well blended citrus fruits, floral notes, yeast, and light grains.

The taste is light citrus fruits, some light pine likeness, slight bitter hops mixed into the fray as well as some very light grains.

A medium to slightly less body on this IPA that has a nice almost dry aftertaste.

Although this is a Belgian IPA, I was still hoping for a little more hops bite.

Another pretty good beer with a lot of little things going on, I wish more American brewers beers would evolve into stuff like this, but at the same time not exactly like this, we already have this, just saying.

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Photo of dbossman
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright lemon-yellow hue; hazy with a huge frothy, billowing head with giant bubbles; lacing is decent

S: Fruity and funky; there is a nice citrus and fruitiness going on here: pears, apples, and lemons; also a funky grainy quality and of course the yeast that gives off almost a feet funk (that I like actually)

T: A nice oily bitterness; very dry--much more than expected--but still a fruity funk (pears, apples, lemons mostly); tons of grains--wet grass and funk; and it's a tad spicy too

F: A bit over-carbonated but fairly spot on for the style (does dissipate off the tongue fairly quickly though)

D: A darn good beer; a bit of an alcohol presence but it works well and drinks well

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Photo of cerevisiae
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured at around 40 degrees F from a 75cl bottle. Golden, even honey/straw colored. Nice, white rocky head that settled over the course of 10-15 minutes in the (sorry) standard pint glass I had. Some lacing and cloudiness. A good looking beer, but not out of this world.

S: Definite spice with some muted fruit in reserve.

T: Ahhhh. That's the ticket. Refreshing. Ample carbonation. Now the spice & hops come through. Spices linger through to the finish which hints of malt. No apparent alcohol for a beer this big.

M: Once again, the carbonation is chasing bubbles around on my tongue. Refreshing, yet not thin. Plenty of presence in my mouth without overdoing it.

D: I would seek this beer out, and drink it repeatedly. Better to do that at home or with a DD.

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Photo of Swooy
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light, somewhat clear golden orange. Large foamy white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Hop smell consisting of citrus, floral, and grassy scents. Also some whiffs of malt/grain.

T - A bit less hoppy than I thought it would be. The base of this seems to be like either a BSPA or a Tripel. It has some malt but there is also some golden fruit (mostly apple/pear). This is complimented well with the hops though, especially the citrus hop flavors. Less grapefruit and more lemony citrus. Also some floral and grassy hops. There is also a bready malt base to this beer, a bit more than what I was expecting. A bit like a cross between an IPA, BSPA/Tripel, and a hint of saison

M - Medium body, good carbonation, and crisp. Also has a bit of creaminess to it.

D - Easy to drink with the combination of the mouthfeel (crisp and refreshing) and the different flavors that don't weigh too heavy on the pallet.

Notes: A bit less hoppy than what I was expecting. That said, I still think hop flavors are the main part and attraction to this beer. Not a hop bomb but rather a fairly balanced hop-centric beer. Enjoyable and definitely worth getting, but not amazing.

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Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent representation smooth nice and tasty belgain sugars make this one a must try.

A - Golden hue with a very thick white head lots of lacing and the wispy head stays on top and is not going away.

S - Candied sugars, just a sweet smell that is fantastic.

T - Creamy smooth, its called a IPA but yest so different then one might think of in a IPA defiantely captures the tripel style though this is really nice.

M - nice tingly mouthfeel leaves behind that candy sugar feel when drinking really nice belgians.

D - As others have stated dangerous because of the smoothness and the ABV. Definately would want to have this again.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy golden colored with a very thick white head that is ridiculously dense and lumpy.
the smell is a sweet banana/orange creamsicle aroma lying atop spicy grassy herbal hoppiness. maybe a vanilla-y cotton candy type aroma too along with some soft clove.
very unique flavor profile. right off the bat i'm thinking triple, than a big ass wit, than wait, whats with all the hops? tangy fruit flavors to begin, soft creamy candy, clove, bread, flollowed up with relatively very bitter ending, with herbal spicy bitterness, and finallly finsihing dryly with some more bready yeast. phew. between a 4.0 and 4.5 for taste, i'll round up in this case, it's quite a roller coaster. in a good way. my only complaint is that the hops seem somewhat at odds with the other flavors in here, but they don't clash significantly enough to really detract all that much.
a creamy thick medium body with sharp carbonation.
very drinkable, nearly none of the 9% abv is evident, and it goes down smoothly and very quickly.
experimental like and american beer, but belgian in character, quality and origin, a great combination.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sits in a tulip straw yellow, is translucent leaning towards opaque and has a healthy white head.

Unmistakable Belgian aroma: herbal, grassy, hint of lemon.

Same goes for taste: It starts with a hop bite, goes sweet and creamy with a touch of honey and caramel, and a touch of citrus. The hop bitterness has some linger. I love the balance.

Good medium body, no overwhelming carbonation, the alcohol comes through and makes it feel a bit heavier than it is I think.

I dig it. It's in my little black book of go to brews.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This baby poured a beautiful gold/hazy orange color with bits of settlement and an amazing pillowy white head that didn't collapse for 15 mins leaving lace all over the glass

Smells of orange and lemon zest with a yeast scent and earth smell after wards.

Taste is very nice and light with touches of malt, hops, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is very light and coats nicely with only the slightest hint of alcohol.

I would drink this anytime it was presented to me, very nice from start to finish.

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Photo of dbauer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seeker41184
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date Drunk: 12/21/10

750mL into pint glass

I don't know why this is considered a belgian ipa... tastes like a tripel. Lemon grass flavor that is smooth to the mouth, but high carbonation. Gets extremely better as it warms. You cannot even tell this is a 9.0% beer.

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Photo of tmzl
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, medium sized bubbles, creamy top, off-white head (yellow hue). Not the most beautiful retention (slow formation of big bubbles that eventually pop) - sticky descent, leaves a weird looking medium sized, thick creamy mountain in the middle with bigger bubbles on the sides. Some random sticky lacing when it goes down. Cloudy golden wheat with light orange hue; you can see through; some carbonation chains visible.

Smell: Tropical, pine, citrus, orange and floral - quite a mix, and strong peppery overall spicy note. There are also present some wilder yeasty (piss), medicinal smells - all this adds up to sharp but fresh characteristic.

Taste: Starts with medium soft flower honey sweetness, evolves into bread, hay malt middles medium sweetness and ends with medium spike of grapefruit pith, pine and noble hop bitterness. Bitterness stays at the end with light soft sweetness - bitterness builds up with time. Still peppery, still fruity (ripe orange) and wilder yeast roam around. Soft start vs. rougher end - but it works very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation - makes it lighter. Dry finish - fresh. For 9% ABV and the lightness, alcohol exceptional well hidden.

Overall: This one is pretty unique. Hop character is very american IPA-ish but then comes the spicy, yeasty part with soft malt character. Works well together and creates a wonderful dynamic. Recommended.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of webmanspidey
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was originally described to me as a "Triple IPA", which to me, (as one who enjoys trying every "Double IPA" I can encounter") sounds like an extremely strong and extremely hoppy beer along the lines of Dogfish Head's 120 Min IPA.

Of course what the Tripel IPA really means is a cross between the Belgian Trappist style Tripel and the IPA. At times it resembles both of the styles, with an appearance which in reality resembles both. Taste resembles both, but it is not overly hoppy in the style of strong Imperial IPAs.

This is a beer worth trying if you enjoy the two styles. Not overly strongly resembling either style, but an excellent clash of the two.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on--tap at The Sunset in Boston, MA.

This Belgian double IPA poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that slowly settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was Belgian malt with a bit of fruitiness and some grape skins together with a nice hoppiness. The taste was a basic Belgian maltiness with a touch of sugar sweetness together with a vinous grape-skin flavor and layered with a rather strong hoppiness, but not an overpoweringly bitter hoppiness. Overall a very nice flavor combination. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly sweet with medium body and low carbonation feel. The finish left the flavors of grape-skins and hops lingering pleasantly. This was a very nice beer, reminiscent of DeRanke XX Bitter.

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Photo of Bassetdawg
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This has a wonderful, full white head, with great retention, retreating to a nice laciness. This has a visible carbonation with the yeast giving a slightly cloudy tinge to the golden color.

Aroma: Most unusual smell, with the hoppiness of an IPA as well as the traditional Belgian esters of banana and citrus.

Taste: This is a wonderful yet almost indescribable cross between an outstanding IPA and a first rate Belgian trippel. It has a smooth and full mouthfeel.

Drinkability This is very drinkable, though a bit dry. It is nice melding of two of my favorite styles. This is a pretty unique beer. There is almost no hint of the high alcohol content of an imperial IPA or a trippel.

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Photo of xJMFCx
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chizoad
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Belgian IPA I've had.

Nice cloudy golden ale with a off white head that fades to a thin lacing. Very pretty.

Good aromas of hops and Belgian yeast. Has that pleasing, hearty smell in addition to the zest provided by generous hopping.

Taste is up there with the best. This is not a standard IPA, it's more like a perfect harmonious blend of a fine tripel and a relatively mild IPA, somehow balanced perfectly. The flavors don't compete at all. Great stuff.

Medium carbonation and medium body, appropriate. As far as this style goes it's really the only game in town.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light straw gold, huge chunky head that persists. Even a gentle pour gives a 3 inch head.

S- Slight sweet vanilla, hops come through as citrus and mild grass.

T- Very nice hop note, citrus is slight grapefruit with some spicy notes at the end. Some Belgian notes are drowned by the hops, which is fine with me. The sweetness and hop bitterness are very nicely balanced. I like this one more as it warms. More sweetness comes through.

M- Crisp and dry.

D- Very easily downed. I like this much more than I thought I would. Great after a long hot days work.

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Photo of chebode2
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seand
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dark sand-like color, with a bubbly foamy white head. Fair size clumps retain pretty well, leaving nice walls of lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian-style spices and yeast, with a floral hoppy note.

T: Sweet and yeasty, with the hops making a strong appearance towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, especially for the ABV.

Very well constructed, and overall it seems to be exactly what it intends to be: a Belgian IPA tripel.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow/golden haze look to it. Rich and dense is the head. Glazed lacing.

Peppery and full of apricot hops. Pinch of alcohol sniffed. Belgian yeast and light coriander.

Spicy and zesty with notes of apricot, lemon rind, floral bouquet, and chiming booze. Excellent Belgian IPA flavor profile.

Silky body, light carbonation prickle. The strength doesn't choke back drinkability.

One of my faves of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of hu5om
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split with newk340. duvel tulips
a-pale golden straw. 2 fingers of white fluffy foam. pretty clear.
s-90% tripel, 10% ipa. these belgian ipas always throw me off. sweet belgian candy sugar. clove, ginger, honey, bubblegum, with a little bitter edge.
t-there's the hops! nice. a bit of dentist office. bitter and sugary sweet. starts hoppy, ends sweet. not huge, but nice. some banana.
m-pretty tingly. bubbly with a little boozy edge. medium body. a bit hogh on the carbonation.
d-very good. not my cup of tea stylewise, but an interesting mix of two of my favorite styles. i did enjoy it, and it's pretty dang nice for the price. how they 9% in here, i will never know..

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Photo of sfprint
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

exp 04/2013
Short, cratery head, dark orangy brown. Hazy, no visible rising carbonation.
S: sandelwood, rich apricot, pumpkin?
T: intense and very flavorful. both some what fresh and dense. creamy with a heavy sort of yeast, apricot. Quite good, improves as it warms but still has a small bitter edge
M: very soft and smooth with mild carbonation.
O: pretty great. will definitely try this one out again.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,770 ratings